Half of Nama’s social housing units unsuitable

Almost half of the 2,000 social housing units promised by Nama will not be going to people on the housing list as they have been deemed unsuitable or have been withdrawn from the project.

There are more than 100,000 people on the housing list and the 2,000 houses promised six months ago had been warmly welcomed as a serious attempt at tackling the soaring numbers.

But, in a response to a parliamentary question by Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis, the Department of the Environment confirmed just 1,000 of the houses were suitable and negotiations are only under way for 700 of these homes.

“This is shocking, given the absolutely disastrous situation we are looking at in housing in this State. We have over 100,000 on the waiting list for social housing and a half a billion euro being given to private landlords each year in rent supplement, but the Government and Nama seem to be dragging their heels in a scheme that is rapidly looking less and less impressive,” he said.

Of the 2,000 units, 697 are deemed unsuitable and 344 have been taken out of the scheme by the developers Nama is bailing out.

“This is not good enough. We need housing now and we need to provide it in a transparent and cost-effective way. The Government is refusing to give an estimate of cost but it is clear it will be a good pay day for developers,” he said.

A department spokes-woman said it was working with Nama to ensure the agency provided the promised social housing.


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